Jeh Johnson’s Reaction to Steinle Family Question, ‘Who?’ Not Sure if Admin Has Contacted
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he didn’t know if the administration had contacted Kate Steinle’s family and responded “To who?” after being asked if the family had been contacted on Tuesday.
Johnson was asked by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) “has the administration reached out to the Steinle family, to your knowledge?” He responded, “To who?” After Chabot said Steinle was killed by a person who had been deported repeatedly and had a criminal record, and asked if the administration had reached out to her family, Johnson answered, “I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that question, sir.”
Johnson did promise that he would look into it after Chabot asked, and pointed to his practice of personally writing letters to sheriffs, commissioners, or chiefs who have lost officers in the line of duty.
Who really believes that Jeh Johnson doesn’t know who the Steinles are? Even the Obama-favored news channels, CNN and MSNBC, covered the family, the murder of Kate Steinle, and the sanctuary city issue. Sure, they may have covered it in terms of denying that sanctuary cities exist, or making excuses for their existence, or supporting the San Francisco Sheriff, or bashing Trump, but they did cover those things.
If Jeh thought he was avoiding the PR disaster of admitting that the administration just doesn’t care about the Steinles because Kate Steinle was murdered at the hands of a member of an Obama-favored demographic group, then he was mistaken. If anyone actually believes Jeh’s implicit claim, then they’re going to walk away thinking that nobody in the administration actually watches any news of any sort. And you’d expect the President of the United States and his cabinet secretaries to watch or read some sort of news.
There was no way out of a PR loss for this White House, no matter what Jeh said to Steve Chabot.
Luckily for Jeh and Obama, it won’t matter, because they have no real opposition with real political power, especially on the immigration issue.